Triumph of The Cross
Today begins Holy Week, also known as Passion Week, beginning with Palm Sunday and concluding with Easter Sunday. This is a week to remember – and celebrate – what Jesus has done for us. The Bible says about this time, “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:51) Jesus “resolutely set out” not to be exalted to an earthly kingship as His followers thought, but to “lifted up” on a cross and to “give His life as a ransom for many”. (Matthew 20:28
Good Friday is the day on which we remember and celebrate what Jesus has done on the cross. Perhaps it seems strange to celebrate the cross. While from an earthly perspective it appeared as a moment of ultimate failure, it was the very thing that God had planned to decidedly and permanently triumph over sin.
Colossians 2:13-15 explains, “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
“Triumphing over them by the cross!”
The cross is the Way – the only Way – that victory over sin is accomplished and the only Way of our salvation. Thank you, Jesus, for going to the cross to make the Way for those who believe in You to be with You forever!
“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)